A concert recording of “Cardinitas ‘68,” a work for soprano, tape, and instrumental ensemble composed by Robert Erickson. This recording represents the world premiere of the piece on June 5, 1968 at the University of California in San Diego, and features soprano Beverly Ogdon, accompanied by musicians conducted by Alan Johnson. The work was a result of a series of experiments with musical timbre, in which Erickson capitalized on the peculiar non-harmonic overtones produced by bells,... Topics: Music, New Music, Unconventional Instruments, Robert Erickson
A recording of works by Robert Erickson given at the 4th Annual New Sounds San Jose Concert in 1982. Works include Night Music for trumpet and instrumental ensemble, a cantata based on a text by Wallace Stevens, Summer Music for violin and tape, and others. Topics: New Sounds San Jose, Music, 20th Century Classical, Robert Erickson
Ralph Shapey conducts the Hartt Chamber Players in a performance of Robert Erickson’s “Chamber Concerto”, composed in 1960. Born in Michigan in 1917, Erickson studied composition with Ernst Krenek and Roger Sessions, before eventually moving to the West Coast in the early 1950s where he soon became a well recognized composer and teacher as well as one of KPFA’s music directors. While still distinctly modern in nature, this work was composed before Erickson’s experimentation with tape... Topics: KPFA-FM, 20th Century Classical, Music, Robert Erickson
A recording of “Do It,” a 1968 composition by Robert Erickson in which words and phrases are used in a fashion that is reminiscent of the complex polyrhythms of of African drumming and the chaos of political campaign rhetoric. According to the composer in the program notes of a 1987 performance of the piece: “’Do It’ grew out of the sounds of the 1968 presidential campaign, the speeches of General MacArthur, television, radio and magazine advertising of that period; and a poem by... Topics: Music, New music, 20th century classical, Monologues with music, Robert Erickson
In an program recorded in March of 1958, the French composer Pierre Boulez is interviewed by Alan Rich, Robert Erickson and a panel of distinguished and learned musicologists and composers. Sounding at times like a doctoral dissertation defense, the young Frenchman attempts to clarify the role, or lack there of, of development and structure in the avant-garde music being produced by a new wave of European composers such as himself, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others. Boulez’s comments about... Topics: KPFA-FM, Pierre Boulez, Alan Rich, Robert Erickson, Interview, Avant-Garde, New Music, 20th Century...